Archive for Cold Weather

Its Raining Iguanas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 7, 2010 by raingeg

I can imagine Johnny Carson coming out from behind his colorful curtain and asking the crowd a question that only Johnny would’ve asked.

“Do you want to know how cold it is?”

To which the crowd would respond with an enormous yell, “How cold is it?”

And Johnny would say “It’s so cold that frozen Iguanas are falling from the sky!”

I’m not sure that would be the greatest joke in the world. The only thing that makes it funny, is that its real. No I am not lying, aside from the falling out of the sky part, its more like trees.

From The AP:

It was so cold in Florida, freezing iguanas were seen falling out of trees. Experts say the cold-blooded reptiles become immobilized when the temperature falls into the 40s and they lose their grip on the tree.

The sadder side of cold weather.

Authorities said four people in Tennessee, one in Mississippi and one in South Carolina have died from the cold since the weekend. They included a man with Alzheimer’s who wandered out into his yard in Nashville and froze to death, and a homeless man found dead in a tent in South Carolina.

In Maine, a pilot died Monday after he reported ice buildup on the wings of his small plane and it crashed into a river channel. Searchers were also looking for an 18-year-old snowmobiler who disappeared on New Year’s Day. And in Wisconsin a 7-year-old boy died when he fell through ice into a river while sledding with friends.

I won’t let this turn into a rant on global warming, though it does raise questions. Like, would it be better or worse in a warmer climate?

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Something I Despise: Cold Weather Chastisement

Posted in Something I Despise with tags on December 30, 2008 by raingeg

As the temps in Tucson start cooling down and many of our friends from the Northeast come to take part in our nice weather, I’m often irritated when I am chastised over not being used to 50 and 40 degree weather. Yes, its true! I am not used to cool temperatures, but my not being used to this weather does not have to be met with mounds of criticism over my choice of a warm jacket as opposed to a tank-top.

You hear it everywhere, “back in Michigan its 30 below right now” Fine, so what, its 30 below and its 40 here, that is cold for us! When you live in a place that has just a few cold months, sees snow about every two years or so, and has never (in my lifetime) been below 0 degrees, you acclimate to a warmer climate. But no, its always “its this cold in October where we live” or “I need to put my shorts on, its hot here!”

You know its funny, because a lot of the time these people are visiting relatives from out of state or are snow birds. Snow birds, if you didn’t already know what that is, is a person or group of people that don’t want to stay in the freezing part of the country, so they come here to live in Tucson and its outlying areas for a few months out of the year, this time of year Saddlebrook is full to capacity and so are our roads with bad drivers. But then again it does help our local economy.

I always find it odd when a snowbird say’s this stuff. I mean, come on, the whole reason that you’re here is because you are escaping the cold Northeast. I don’t see you sticking around for the 100 plus degree day’s during the summer. Once you feel the slightest bit of warmth in the air you scurry on back to your home “back east” and never have to break a sweat